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By Roger S. Gottlieb

In a time of darkening environmental clients, scary non secular fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the impressive and traditionally extraordinary upward push of non secular environmentalism is a profound resource of wish. Theologians are improving nature-honoring components of conventional religions and forging daring new theologies connecting devotion to God and religious fact with love for God's production and deal with the Earth. and non secular humans during the global are remodeling the that means in their faiths within the face of the environmental situation. The successes and importance ofreligious environmentalism are occur in statements by way of leaders of just about all of the world's religions, in new and "green" prayers and rituals, and in refined criticisms of recent society's financial system, politics, and tradition. From the Evangelical Environmental community to the Buddhist best minister of Mongolia, the nationwide Council of church buildings to tree-planting campaigns in Zimbabwe, spiritual environmentalism has develop into a strong section of the realm environmental stream.

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And their voice goes out into all the earth” (19:1, 4) and the “sea and everything in it” can sing God’s praises (96:11). Psalm 104 sees God’s presence in the ecological balance of the water cycle (10–13) and reminds us that all things are made in God’s wisdom (24). The Song of Songs, declared by Jewish sage Hillel to be the crowning achievement of scripture, uses erotic poetry and the beauties of the Mediterranean spring as symbols of the relationship between God and human beings. In the book of Job, the majesties of creation are described as signs of God’s greatness.

Further, the many biblical passages in which humans in general or the Israelites in particular are separated from the natural world—given “dominion,” allowed to name, encouraged to multiply, given special responsibilities and Religion, Nature, Environment m 23 covenants—create a profound sense of alienation between humans and the natural world. The Bible, it is argued, simply does not direct us to respect the earth or love its creatures. Although ecological critics of the Bible have been many, it has also had its defenders, who argue that antinature readings seriously obscure both the complexity of the Bible and its many positive resources for environmentalism.

Antislavery groups, women suffragists, and supporters of gay marriage have all been criticized for trying to impose their minority views on everyone else. Whether our values come from the Bible or intuitions about human rights, conflicts between “what most of us think” and “what is right” are endemic to any nontotalitarian society in which there are basic disagreements about justice and the good life. m The question of how to feel God’s presence despite the magnitude of unjustified suffering is at least as old as Job.

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